It may sound like something out of a Hannibal Lecter movie, but it’s not. This is reality, and quite a grisly one, I must say.
After receiving complaints from neighbors who claimed to smell rotting flesh, Pakistani police raided a home in the town of Dariya Khan on Monday morning, which led to this shocking find: the head of a two-year-old boy.
The discovery led to the arrests of 35-year-old Mohammad Arif and his 30-year-old brother, Farman Ali. The identity of the corpse is not yet known; however, Arif officially confessed that his brother had stolen the body from a nearby graveyard.
“Arif told police that both of them later cooked the dead body and ate it,” said Ameer Abdullah, police chief of Bhakkar district where the village is located.
This is not their first offense by any means. In fact, the pair had been arrested for the same crime in the same village in 2011. Police found the body of a 24-year-old woman missing her lower limbs.
A year ago, policeman Fakhar Bhatti told BBC News about this horrific discovery.
He mentioned a trail of ants leading beneath the bed.
“In the middle of the room, I saw a cooking pot which was half full of meat curry. Nearby was a wooden board, a butcher’s axe, and a large kitchen knife. Bits of fat clung to the board and the blade of the axe,” he said.
“It still gives me the creeps; they had chopped off one of her legs below the knee and the other near the skin. The rest of the body was intact. The curry was made from those parts.”
After admitting to stealing the body and chopping off the woman’s limbs in order to utilize them for meat curry, they were given a two-year prison sentence.
Defense lawyer Rao Tasadduq Hussain, despite receiving negative attention from the public, stated that his job was simple: to secure a minimum jail term for them in 2011, which he did successfully.
“They are not insane,” he said. “They are just fools.”
Police revealed that the two men had dug up and eaten over 100 corpses from the local graveyard prior to this incident. The men’s wives left them before the 2011 case and have been living in isolation ever since.
Since there is no specific law against cannibalism in Pakistan, Abdullah stated that the men had been charged under anti-terrorism laws and for the desecration of a human body.
Until a sentence is decided upon, the suspects will be undergoing psychiatric testing.
Police are currently searching local graves for signs of disturbance.